Not so common Things to Do in Gatlinburg

Are you the traveler that likes to go off the beaten path?  You’re always looking for things to do that aren’t mainstream, or can be a real challenge?  This is the post for you then.  Here are some things to do in or near the Smoky Mountain Park that are perhaps less popular, and therefore roads less traveled.

  1. Hike to Mt. LeConte  – Like to hike? Want to stay someplace you can only get to on foot?  Go to Mt. LeConte Lodge. If you only have a day you can just do lunch up there, but call ahead for a reservation to make sure they can feed you.
  2. Elk Viewing – See the Elk in Cataloochee Valley in the southeastern area of the park. Make a day of it and plan to travel slow. The only way into the valley is winding gravel roads.
  3. Backpacking – Hike deep into the park and camp. Make sure to get a permit and plan your trip well. Contact the park service before doing any extensive hikes.
  4. Cherokee, NC – When people think of Smoky Mountain National Park they think Gatlinburg, but the entrance at the south end of the park is through Cherokee, NC. A city with a history. Take a day trip to Cherokee and see what they have to offer.
  5. Hikes, Fishing, Scenic Drives – See the park service website for ‘Off the Beaten Path‘ suggestions.